Category Archives: Center Store

Total monthly coverage of the center store departments, including: beverages, nonedible grocery, dry grocery and frozens. In the Aisles contains brief items of interest to our center store readership.

Slam Dunkin’

New varieties, better-for-you offerings and line extensions of old favorites are making a splash in the cookies and crackers aisle. There is no unemployment … Continue reading

Posted in 2011 11 Article Archives, Center Store

New spin cycle

More scents, formulations and a renewed emphasis on sustainability are transforming the detergent and household cleaner aisle. By Richard Turcsik Want to keep your … Continue reading

Posted in 2011 10 Article Archives, Center Store

Quenching a thirst for sales

Beverage sales appear to be back on track Following two off years. By Craig Levitt Retailers can lead consumers to the beverage aisle, but … Continue reading

Posted in 2011 09 Article Archives, Center Store

The pies have it

By offering convenience and quality that rival restaurants, at a fraction of the price, frozen pizza delivers strong sales and profits. By Richard Turcsik … Continue reading

Posted in 2011 09 Article Archives, Center Store

Paper sales on a tear

Innovative new products, improved private label, environmental awareness and aggressive pricing are helping to grow the paper category. By Richard Turcsik The big news … Continue reading

Posted in 2011 09 Article Archives, Center Store

Spicing up soup sales

Manufacturers are looking to ethnic flavors, packaging enhancements and healthier offerings to invigorate soup sales. By Craig Levitt Soup sales are, to be blunt, … Continue reading

Posted in 2011 07 Article Archives, Center Store

Getting on the brand wagon

Despite private label pressure, national brands continue to influence the supermarket landscape. By Craig Levitt To paraphrase Mark Twain, the demise of national CPG … Continue reading

Posted in 2011 08 Article Archives, Center Store

Capitol investment

The upcoming Summer Fancy Food Show brings a change in venue and a chance for retailers to scope out the latest gourmet products to … Continue reading

Posted in 2011 07 Article Archives, Center Store

Sticky & sweet

From health-conscious chocolate bars to salty energy snacks, there was something for everyone at the 2011 Sweets & Snacks Expo. By Elizabeth Louise Hatt … Continue reading

Posted in 2011 07 Article Archives, Center Store

A perfect match

Consumers continue to flock to the pasta and pasta sauce aisle, looking for nutritious ways to feed their families while sticking to their budgets. … Continue reading

Posted in 2011 06 Article Archives, Center Store

Battle plans

Conventional supermarkets have to fight to win back center store sales and market share from other classes of trade. By Richard Turcsik A War … Continue reading

Posted in 2011 05 Article Archives, Center Store

In the bag

New varieties and flavors, combined with rising consumer interest about its many health benefits, are brewing excitement in the tea aisle. By Richard Turcsik … Continue reading

Posted in 2011 05 Article Archives, Center Store

Jumpin’ Joe

Coffee sales continue to percolate, thanks to new products that deliver coffee shop quality at a fraction of the price. By Richard Turcsik Long … Continue reading

Posted in 2011 05 Article Archives, Center Store

Healthy, wealthy & wise

Olive oils are bringing health benefits, high margins and renewed interest back to Center Store. By Richard Turcsik Forget the Middle East. The real … Continue reading

Posted in 2011 04 Article Archives, Center Store

Raising a glass

Grocers are adding innovative varietals and tweaking their marketing strategies to draw shoppers to the wine category. By Deena M. Amato-McCoy While wine drinkers … Continue reading

Posted in 2011 04 Article Archives, Center Store

More than just salt of the earth

Spices and seasonings infuse foods with flavor and retailers with profits. By Craig Levitt There is no question that Americans’ palates are be­coming more … Continue reading

Posted in 2011 03 Article Archives, Center Store

Cool to be Cold

While supermarkets continue to command a substantial portion of frozen food sales, experts say they have to protect their frozen territory as other outlets … Continue reading

Posted in 2011 02 Article Archives, Center Store

Private label laureates

The Grocery Headquarters Private Label Trailblazer Awards recognize outstanding private label manufacturers for their innovative excellence and leadership in the grocery industry. By Carol … Continue reading

Posted in 2011 02 Article Archives, Center Store

The suds cycle

Imports, specialties and craft brews are re-energizing the beer market. By Richard Turcsik The recession, coupled with shifts in consu­mers’ tastes to wine, cocktails … Continue reading

Posted in 2011 02 Article Archives, Center Store

Easter parade

An exciting array of seasonal products is helping the candy aisle spring ahead. By Richard Turcsik Here comes Peter Cottontail, hopping down the bunny … Continue reading

Posted in 2011 01 Article Archives, Center Store

Tricks for treats

Pets—and their owners—are flipping over the latest items in the pet care aisle and begging for more. By Richard Turcsik Maybe you can’t teach … Continue reading

Posted in 2011 01 Article Archives, Center Store

Snack on

Salty snacks sales are on the rise and snacking events like the Super Bowl can help retailers improve other categories within the center store. … Continue reading

Posted in 2010 12 Article Archives, Center Store

Top of the morning

Breakfast items are bringing new energy to the frozen foods aisle. By Richard Turcsik Thanks to an ever-grow­ing array of convenient, creative and better-for-you … Continue reading

Posted in 2010 11 Article Archives, Center Store

Waves of grain

Ready-to-eat cereal suppliers add fiber and antioxidants to appeal to shoppers who want a healthy start to their mornings. By Craig Levitt It’s the … Continue reading

Posted in 2010 10 Article Archives, Center Store

Pour it on

While beer is heavily promoted throughout the summer, consistent merchandising can bring steady sales all year long. By Nora Caley While beer and barbecues … Continue reading

Posted in 2010 10 Article Archives, Center Store